John D. Kelley

Partner

Tax Credit/Community Development Finance

Boston; Burlington

jkelley@riemerlaw.com

O: (617) 880-3525

F: (617) 692-3525

About John

John has extensive experience in real estate financing transactions involving low income housing tax credits, new markets tax credits, historic tax credits, energy tax credits, state tax credits, and opportunity zone benefits. For more than 20 years, he has represented investors, syndicators, funds, and community development entities in investing in a diverse range of projects, including multifamily affordable housing, mixed-use real estate developments, hotels, commercial real estate projects, and renewable energy facilities. He has significant experience in a wide array of other financing available for community development projects, including tax-exempt bonds, state and local grants and loans, HUD-supported loans, opportunity zone benefits, and financing through government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs). John also handles transactions in general corporate, real estate, and partnership law.

John has closed investments in hundreds of affordable housing transactions as well as dozens of syndicated tax credit funds. His experience includes acting as the lead syndicator attorney on the largest (at the time) solar PV project in North America as well as the biggest (in terms of the number of units) single affordable housing project. He also represented, as special tax credit counsel, the purchaser of one of the largest low income housing tax credit portfolios sold to-date. John has closed projects across the country and in several U.S. territories, including Guam and Puerto Rico. He also closed one of the first projects located in an opportunity zone that utilized the benefits affordable by the opportunity zone tax legislation.

John speaks frequently on issues related to the low income housing tax credit program and community development. John currently serves as an associate editor of the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. He also actively represents many clients on a pro-bono basis, including those who were victims of human trafficking.

Affiliations

American Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association

Admissions

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Boston College Law School, J.D., 1996
University of Miami, B.B.A. in Business with honors, 1993